Newcrest Orange Challenge

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Nutrition tips

Keep yourself fueled and power through the kilometres at Newcrest Orange Challenge with Winner Bar's nutrition tips.

Discover Orange

On top of some unbeatable riding locations, Orange is home to hundreds of other attractions and activities to indulge the senses.

Sarah Anne's event preparation

A long distance cycling event is no small undertaking, but with the support of Sarah Anne (Founder & Head Coach at Karmea) it will be a hugely rewarding experience.

Warm up ride

Need a short spin to warm up the legs or just want to discover more cycling in Orange? Here are two loops recommended by the locals to get you started.

Pre-event info session

Join us for our official Newcrest Orange Challenge 2020 info night. Ambassador and Cyclery Northside staff member Kevin will be on hand to share their experiences on how to get prepared for the event, including planning your nutrition and how to get your bike ready.

Free beverages and some musette nutrition bags and discounts on bike fits and gear will be available at the info night!

When: 6:00pm | Thursday 6 February 2020
Where: Cyclery Northside (Chatswood)
RSVP: RSVP via Eventbrite or contact Fiona at fionan@bicyclenetwork.com.au to RSVP or for any inquiries.

Spectator support at Newcrest Orange Challenge

Join the club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Training rides

Cyclists training for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Team Bicycle Network and our ambassadors won’t only be helping you out on event day, but they also put in time and effort during their training to help you keep your preparation on track. Join in on one of our training rides on your journey to the Aussie Classic in March.

Be sure to check join the Bicycle Network strava club so you’re the first to hear when new training ride dates are released.

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Upcoming rides...

RESCHEDULED: Sunday 9 February | Double Akuna Jelly Legs (NSW) - 55km
Start time

6:30am

Ride leaders

Kevin (Cyclery Northside)

Meet up spot

Car park opposite Pattinsons bakery, Mona Vale Road, St Ives

Route

Double Akuna Jelly Legs (55km / 1086m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 hour pace)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). Riders will be notified if the ride will be cancelled up to 1 hour before the ride commences.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Join the updated Orange Challenge training ride – Double Akuna Jelly Legs Facebook event for the latest updates

Sunday 2 Februray | Gorges with a Twist (NSW) - 66km
Start time

6:30am

Ride leaders

Kevin (Cyclery Northside)

Meet up spot

North Turramurra shops, Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

Route

Double Akuna Jelly Legs (55km / 1277m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 hour pace)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). Riders will be notified if the ride will be cancelled up to 1 hour before the ride commences.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Join the Orange Challenge training ride – Gorges with a Twist Facebook event for the latest updates

Sunday 23 Februray | Calga Chop (NSW) - 82km
Start time

6:00am

Ride leaders

Kevin (Cyclery Northside)

Meet up spot

Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby

Route

Calga Chop (82km / 1259m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 hour pace)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). Riders will be notified if the ride will be cancelled up to 1 hour before the ride commences.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Join the Orange Challenge training ride – Calga Chop Facebook event for the latest updates

Sunday 1 March | Country Roads (NSW) - 86km
Start time

6:00am

Ride leaders

Kevin (Cyclery Northside)

Meet up spot

Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby

Route

Calga Chop (86km / 1330m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 hour pace)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). Riders will be notified if the ride will be cancelled up to 1 hour before the ride commences.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Join the Orange Challenge training ride – Country Roads Facebook event for the latest updates

Get ready for your ride!

Training plans

Our friends at Karmea have helped tailor Newcrest Orange Challenge training plans for all three ride distances to support you in your training and preparation for the Aussie Classic.

There is no better way to achieve something amazing than by smashing what you thought wasn’t possible – now is your chance to set your goal and start training.

70km training plan

Newcrest Orange Challenge 70km ride
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100km training plan

Newcrest Orange Challenge 70km ride
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170km training plan

Woman cycling in Orange NSW
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Towards 50/50

Women's Community

Our female participation rate is less than 20% of participants across all our events. We’re aiming to bridge the gap and are striving towards a 50/50 participation rate across all events.

Join our Women’s Community for one of our free women specific events in the lead up to the Aussie Classic! Register your interest below to join our Women’s Community and to be kept in the loop with registering for these events.

Opt-in to the Women’s Community when signing up to stay up-to-date. Please contact Fiona at fionan@bicyclenetwork.com.au if you would like any information on our Women’s Community and how you can get involved.

Women’s social spin

Warm up the legs for this 20km social spin and coffee with our female members of Team Bicycle Network. Ask any pending questions and meet other like-minded women that will be at the event. If you would like to attend only the coffee portion of the ride, we will be meeting up at the café at 2:30pm!

When: 1:00pm | Saturday 21 March 2020
Where: Purple Women’s Community flag at Robertson Park

Women's community social rides
Newcrest Orange Challenge start line
Women’s Community meeting point (on event)

Ride with the support and encouragement of our Women’s Community ambassadors along the 70km and 170km ride options.
Riders will assemble at the meeting spot and roll out with our female ambassadors at a steady and comfortable pace throughout the event. Our Women’s Community leaders will be identified with a purple bib on the back of their jersey.

When: 6:45am | Sunday 22 March 2020
Meetup spot: Purple Women’s Community flag at Robertson Park

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

Newcrest Orange Challenge nutrition pack – Save 30%

The Newcrest Orange Challenge Nutrition Pack contains a mix of products to help ensure you have the nutrition you need to train for the event and perform at your best. Winners Energy Bars are a great source of low GI carbohydrates, whilst the gels and chews give you the quick energy boost to maximise performance throughout every session.

Winners 10% discount offer

Winners are offering a 10% discount on winnersbars.com for all riders participating in the Newcrest Orange Challenge 2020.

Use coupon code: Orange20

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